Designed by Aleister Crowley, executed by Lady Frieda Harris

 

Book of Thoth

 

Ideologies: Golden Dawn, Kabbalah, alchemical partnership, astrology, Egyptian mythology, Thelema…

 

Although the Book of Thoth, which is often called the Crowley-Thoth, is not available on Tarotsmith for free readings, the influence of this deck is more profound than any other, so it deserves honorable mention at the absolute least. Jeremy Lampkin’s rough bifrost Tarot is only one of Thoth’s several children. While there are obviously only a small fraction of Thoth offshoots in comparison to the number of Rider-Waite clones, the quality of Thoth offshoots tends to be substantially greater than these superficial, mass-produced RWS-style decks. Thoth-inspired decks are not designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

Like icebergs of symbolic content, most of the value of true occult decks is hidden beneath the surface. Likewise, it would take years of study and practice to really “get” the full effect of this amazing occult work. Not surprisingly, a small library of reading material is recommended for this one.